American Idol’s performance style “may change forever the way Broadway sings.”

American Idol’s performance style “may change forever the way Broadway sings.”
American Idol‘s brand of “intensely emotional and oddly impersonal” singing “may change forever the way Broadway sings,” Ben Brantley argues in The New York Times. On the show, he says, “The accent is on abstract feelings, usually embodied by people of stunning ordinariness, than on particular character. Quivering vibrato, curlicued melisma, notes held past the vanishing point: the favorite technical tricks of ‘Idol’ contestants are often like screams divorced from the pain or ecstasy that inspired them.” He finds that various aspects of Idol have trickled into Broadway performances, from a “self-congratulatory element” to the way the show “celebrates stamina, will power and gymnastic agility,” which leads contestants to “hoist, hold and balance notes like barbells in a weight-lifting exhibition. And the audience claps and hoots instinctively every time such muscle-flexing occurs.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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